Jordan Edwards Shooting: Roy Oliver Charged With Murder In Teen’s Death

A white Texas police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager for which the officer was fired, according to an arrest warrant.

Calls for the arrest of Balch Springs, Tex. patrolman Roy Oliver had been intensifying since the Saturday night shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

Oliver used a rifle to open fire on a car leaving a house party — fatally shooting Jordan, authorities said.

The former officer, fired earlier in the week, turned himself in Friday night, hours after the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest in the April 29 death.

Oliver was later released after posting bail at the Parker County Jail in Weatherford, about 95 miles west of Dallas.

His bond had been set at $300,000.

The sheriff’s office said in a statement the warrant was issued based on evidence that suggested Oliver “intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death.”

Word of charges against Oliver broke as Jordan’s family attended his wake.

The family says the shooting has scarred Jordan’s brothers, who were with him when he died.

“When they dream, they see Jordan, with smoke coming out of his head from the shot. That’s what they were forced to see,” Charmaine Edwards told the Daily News Thursday.

Jordan, his two brothers and two other teenagers were leaving an unruly house party in Balch Springs when Oliver opened fire on their car.

The bullets shattered the front passenger-side window and struck the teen.

More details about Oliver, an Iraq War Army veteran who joined the department in 2011, also began to emerge Friday.

Records show that he was suspended for 16 hours and ordered to take anger management courses after he allegedly threw a fit about having to testify in court about a drunk driving case.

Oliver joined the Balch Springs department in 2011 after serving as an officer with the Dalworthington Gardens Police Department for almost a year.

Jordan’s death provoked outrage across the country this week, with many drawing comparisons to previous police shootings of black youths like 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland.

 

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